There aren't many situations in which I truly hope for a downpour. But when wearing a rain jacket that is designed primarily for repelling the wet stuff, I do exactly that. Stepping out in the elements armed with a lightweight second-skin affords a feeling that is quite indescribable. While others around you run for the cover of a grocery store doorway, rain bounces off your outerwear as you remain tucked away inside it like some sort of techwear-dressed tortoise.
When it comes to functional clothing, they don't come more investment-worthy than a good rain jacket. Thin enough to shield showers during summer, but also highly adept to withstand fall and winter's most violent downpours, this is a category with clout when it comes to cost per wear.
If you haven't already got one, or you're in need of a refresh, Highsnobiety curators have searched the internet's virtual shelves for 10 of the very best rain jackets out there right now. From sportswear contributions at the lower end of the price scale up to serious-money pieces by the likes of Gucci and Vetements, our list is not bound by budget. It's also available to shop at SSENSE now.
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and Wander 2.5 Layer Rain Jacket
When it comes to rain protection, and Wander is about as good a place to start as possible. Technically perfect and brimming with Japanese efficiency.
RAINS Hooded Coat
RAINS makes good, old-fashioned fisherman's rain jackets and sometimes that's exactly what you need. This iteration features a subtle check pattern throughout.
adidas Originals ST 11 SPZL
Think raincoat in its traditional form and your mind might venture to a shade like this. Luckily for the retro-heads, adidas comes through with a rain jacket in OG colors.
Nike Tech Pack
If you're ready to brave it with the no-hood rain jacket, which is a more practical choice when running, then this taffeta Nike option really shows up.
The Very Warm Ripstop
Worried that shopping for a rain jacket has you veering towards real adulthood faster than you'd like? Then get a bright damn pink one.
Or this wild iridescent one from NEIGHBORHOOD.
If you're going to do it, do it properly. And by properly, we mean protecting yourself from the rain with this giant Off-White™ poncho, that also happens to pack away neatly.
1017 ALYX 9SM Nightrider Shell
From the overt to the ultra-sleek with ALYX's technical satin shell jacket. This is as lightweight as they come.
Brain Dead x The North Face
Trust Brain Dead to always provide the unexpected. The brand of the moment's recent team-up with The North Face gave outdoor wear a much-needed dose of fun, and this light parka is the collection's highlight.
Gucci Coated Windbreaker
Why does it always rain on me? Maybe because I spent my inheritance on a Gucci windbreaker. Slick, though.
Vetements Logo Coat
Not dissimilar to those ponchos you can pick up at amusement park gift stores, Vetement's transparent polyurethane coat offers superior surface area cover to its peers here.
With his label A-COLD-WALL*, Samuel Ross outfits mountain explorers of the future. This jacket is a more conservative cut from his often off-kilter output, but a fire one, nonetheless.
FEAR OF GOD Nylon Hooded Rain Jacket
Jerry Lorenzo's Fear Of God label is a favorite right now, hot off the heels of a collaboration with Zegna, this hooded rain jacket exhibits a similar level of understated sophistication.
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